Bug 78499 - installer exception occured error as package installation begins
Summary: installer exception occured error as package installation begins
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: anaconda
Version: 8.0
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Michael Fulbright
QA Contact: Brock Organ
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2002-11-24 18:07 UTC by Paul Pianta
Modified: 2005-10-31 22:00 UTC (History)
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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2002-11-24 18:07:35 UTC

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Description Paul Pianta 2002-11-24 18:07:27 UTC
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Description of problem:
installer exception occured error at the very beginning of package installation.
I am trying to install the minimal installation option on a really old toshiba
satellite 200cds laptop. everything goes smoothly until it looks like it is
ready to start to install packages and it gives the error dialog shown below.
(and the option to "save to floppy" is broken too :(  so i had to copy it by
hand (wah wah))
im thinking it could be a lack of memory - i have 40mb of ram and 800mb hard
drive partitioned into - /boot(50mb), swap(80mb), /(the rest)
i have successfully installed mandrake 7.2 on the machine without any problems
but i would really like to have redhat on it.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.install from startup floppy which then boots cdrom
2.choose minimal installation package (actually any package config will produce
the same error)
3.get to the "installing packages" step and it will give an error dialog

Actual Results:  i got the error dialog

Expected Results:  install packages and finish the installation with a wonderful
fully functional router on my super old laptop.

Additional info:

this is the error message in the "Exception Occured" dialog:

Traceback (most recent call last):
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 786, in handleRenderCallback
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iw/progress_gui.py", line 149, in renderCallback
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/gui.py", line 632, in nextClicked
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 150, in gotoNext
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/dispatch.py", line 215, in moveStep
  rc = apply(func, self.bindArgs(args))
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/packages.py", line 430, in turnOnFilesystems
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/partitions.py", line 1110, in doMetaDeletes
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/lvm.py", line 54, in vgactivate
  searchPath = 1)
 File "/usr/lib/anaconda/iutil.py", line 66, in execWithRedirect
  childpid = os.fork()
OSError: [Errno 12] Cannot allocate memory

Comment 1 Matt Wilson 2002-11-24 19:43:26 UTC
you do not have enough ram to install via the GUI installer.  Use the text mode
installer by typing "text" at the boot:  prompt when you boot from your CD.

We have added a check for this to automatically go to text mode in the next version.

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